At long last! In the rain on Friday, at the morning show of the Northern New
Jersey German Shepherd Dog Club show in Mercer County Park in New Jersey, Nexi
won her 4th major and completed the requirements for her AKC Championship under
respected judge Charley Mardez with George Berstler at the helm. What started
as a great career in Canada under Frank Fasano, where she won a very nice,(and
large 11 puppies) 6 to 9 puppy class, to the next year at the US National under
Morton Goldfarb where she won a very nice Novice Bitch class it seemed like we
had an easy champion on our hands. Some 8 to 10 (but whos counting) major
reserves later we have a new appreciation about "never counting your chickens
before they hatch". But she was always smooth with a strong back and an
excellent front. Her lack of respect for our doubling effort, even though we
were trying to call, whistle, bell ringing, running, etc all we could, she just
didn't dig hard enough for lots of judges. This year, after me having knee
replacement last June, I was able to road work her and her conditioning has
paid off. Together with the best coat she has ever been in, she got the job
done. This spring she managed to win 3 out of the 8 times shown (with a few
more reserves thrown in of course).
Also big thanks to Lenny Brown for guiding her to her first major under Deborah
Stern last spring. And to Leslie Dancosse for winning another major under
Carol Moser-White earlier this year. And to George who took her to WB under
Vicki Roye in a nice spring snow storm in Philadelphis and again under Mr.
Mardez in the rain where she went WB and BOW.
And lastly, of course, big thanks to all the judges who appreciated her even
when she didn't win. We are very proud to have bred her! Nexi represents some
8 generations of Masstana dogs starting with Porscha Vom Cypress, a Ch Zeto
Nexi's sire and dam are US and Canadian Sel, GCH Shebland's Greyson Camereigh
and CH Masstana's Karli, our GV Bono daughter.
And if you got this far thank you for reading this.
John and Nancy Vaught
Masstana German Shepherds
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